FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Last month Braxton Garrett was playing high school baseball. Now, the left-handed pitcher from Florence has a first round draft offer from the Miami Marlins.
It's a major decision for the graduating senior who is already committed to playing for SEC baseball powerhouse Vanderbilt.
Garrett becomes the first player from the Shoals area to be drafted since Rick James of Coffee High went sixth to the Chicago Cubs in 1965. Only Huntsville's Condredge Holloway was drafted earlier than Garrett at number four back in 1971.
He was named Gatorade's baseball player of the year, along with being the reigning Mr. Baseball in the state.
Garrett is rated as the 10th best prospect according to Major League Baseball. That high rating comes with the potential for some major money. MLB.com reports the recommended bonus slot for the seventh round pick is $3,756,300. However, it's likely the team will negotiate for a lower contract.
No word yet on Garrett's decision, but the clock is ticking. July 15th is the deadline for amateur draft picks to sign.
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